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Arizona Wine Country

Wineries Southeast of Tucson


© Judy Hedding

When considering the great wine grape growing regions of the world, Arizona probably doesn't make the top ten. But you might be surprised to know that there are several varieties of wine grapes that do very well in Arizona, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sangiovese.

Vineyards were first planted in Arizona in the 17th century by Franciscan missionaries. Today there are thirteen active wineries in the state, with over 650 acres of grapes being grown for the purpose of wine production.

On our trip we decided to visit three wineries in and around Elgin, Arizona. Bring along your designated driver, and visit these wineries with me!

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